Tuesday, 17 January 2017
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Swim for Shoes 2016/17Swim for Shoes 2016/17 the annual event to swim or paddle in the Atlantic Ocean has, this year, so far raised over 1100 Euros for children in care. Many congratulations and thanks to all those who participated.

The weather was perfect for both of the events, one on Christmas day, and the second on New Year's day.

GoldraWe hope you will come along and join us at the first Goldra lunch of 2017. Price is €25 per person.
Fundraising in 2016 was a great success, raising over €17,000 towards the €40,000 annual costs of running Goldra. We could not have raised this amount without  help and support, so a huge THANK YOU from Jan, Ray and the Goldra Team to all of our supporters.

This year we aim to raise much more for Goldra, so If you would like to join our fundraising committee for 2017 and bring along some new ideas, or just volunteer to help out at our Goldra events then please contact Sue Ward at sue@thegoldradogsanctuary.com.

A New Year Thank You From Castelo de SonhosChristmas 2016 was particularly heart warming for the Castelo de Sonhos charity, as so many people and organisations helped the underprivileged families of Silves council this Christmas season.

Algarve Senior Bikers raise over 1000 Euros for Gaivota Home for teenagersThe annual Christmas Charity Lunch was held at the Fatacil Restaurant in Lagoa with the usual excellent menu and service provided by Marcelo and co.

With money from the lunch, plus donations from the rides and other donations for cakes and mince pies made by Dee Shirley, and Pate made by John Tavener, resulted in a total of 1020€ being presented to the Gaivota home for teenagers in Albufeira.

Charity Supper & Bingo - Jan 21stSUPPER and BINGO in aid of APAA on SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY at 7.00pm  for 7.30 pm at DEANNA’S, Falacho, Silves.

Tickets are just €15 per person which also includes first two bingo strips. There are only 25 places, so book early  if you'd like to come!!

 Pai Natal and his helper Mrs KlausEstoi Palace International Rotary Club (RCEPI) were delighted to welcome Pai Natal and his helper Mrs Klaus to the monthly food distribution at Estoi Casa do Povo to those familes registered with the Faro Food Bank.

Since 2009 RCEPI has supplied around 450 litres of long life milk per month to supplement the food packs from the Food Bank. 

Laranjal Golf Club raises thousands for charityEstablished just a few years ago, in 2013, Laranjal Golf Club has made a real impression on the community scene, showing its commitment to helping local causes. For the past three years, the club has held an annual Members’ Invitation Day, raising a high level of funding for their chosen charities.
Sponsors this year included Alan Shearer, Blenvin Franks, Candilamp, FIAAL, Fine Dining, Medals, Prime Wines and SGQL, in support of children’s charity ACCA and its Christmas Angels programme which this year ensured that more than 1,500 youngsters will wake up on Christmas Day to a gift from Santa.

Algarve Archaeological Association trip to Lisbon, Torres Vedras & LourinhaMembers of The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) recently enjoyed a five-day excursion to Lisbon, Torres Vedras and Lourinha. They had a very varied programme moving through time.

The trip included a guided tour, by the Director, of the Lisbon Pharmacy Musuem which presents the history of medicine from ancient through to modern times. A tour of the area around Torres Vedras included a visit to the local museum which displays the prehistoric, Roman, Medieval and Peninsular War histories of the area. This was followed by visits in the local area to see Prehistoric cave sites, a Bronze Age hillfort and a Peninsular War battle site. An afternoon sightseeing in Obidos (medieval city and World Heritage Site) included sampling of the local 'brew' of ginga (cherry liquer) in chocolate cups!